Duplo has collaborated with EFI to create an automatic link between the EFI Fiery Rip and Duplo’s multifinishers.
This is initially available for the DC746 slitter cutter creaser with plans well advanced to apply the technology to the DC646. The finishing unit provides a template to the Fiery Impose software. This can apply artwork to the template, knowing that that once downloaded to the Duplo system the job will run with minimal set up.
In addition, the accuracy of this approach will allow graphic designers or purchasers with a suitable online store, to check artwork against the fold, crease and cut marks created on the multifinisher.
The development has been finessed in California where Duplo International has a facility close to the EFI headquarters. The initial customer to test the implementation is Global Print, also from the vicinity. Sales manager Ken Kaypekian says: “Planning our job layouts first on our DC746 and then moving it to our Fiery Impose environment, instead of the other way around, has been a much more efficient workflow and the accuracy is now phenomenal.”
This approach reverses the JDF route to automation where finishing details have to be known at the start of a job. While it has proved effective to link MIS, prepress and press, JDF has struggled to penetrate into finishing areas. The challenge, says Duplo International's product development manager Peter Dyson, is that accurate information is not available at this stage and that as technology is changed and updated, the last connection in the chain is constantly being broken.
This approach avoids this problem by having the finishing unit provide the information it needs as a template in an XML format to the digital press front end. “This is an alternative approach,“ says Dyson. “The job needs to be designed to suit the finishing machine.”
The positioning of the cartridges carrying the knife or creasing units imposes some limitations on how a sheet can be laid out, which is what Fiery Impose takes into account when creating the automatic link. Crop marks and others, including a job specific barcode, are added at the DFE.
The imposition template for the multifinisher can be part of a hotfolder workflow to automate the process a step further.
While the Duplo equipment has a touch screen control for ease of use, human error is still possible, Dyson points out. This is where the integration comes into its own and paves the way to a 70% saving in set up time.
“This is not dynamic as JDF, but the cost of doing integration this way is zero,” says Dyson. “We plan to bring this to other cutter-creasers in our range.” Similar automations are in theory possible for other equipment, the DuSense digital enhancement press for example.
Duplo has previously linked its bookletmaker directly to a Ricoh printer, something that is in the Ricoh Customer Experience Centre in Telford. However, sales for this type of equipment, linked to Ricoh, Xerox or other press suppliers is dependent on the distribution network.
This has restricted the opportunities while the quality of other approaches to inline finishing has moved forward, particularly with Watkiss, for example.
This will not happen in this instance. The benefit is available to all users of the Fiery Impose application. “With EFI we have partnered with a company that has global reach,” Dyson says.
Duplo has worked with EFI to create an automated link between Fiery Impose and the DC-746 finisher. This will ensure that impositions created on the Fiery will change the settings for crease, cut, slit and perforate lines on the finishing unit.